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Geneva Motor Show 2012


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Turny Evo offers disabled drivers a seat

By - March 8, 2012 5 Pictures
People with limited mobility face a challenge when getting into a conventional vehicle. Not only do they have to put aside their crutches or get out of their wheelchair, but they are also required to step up and across the vehicle’s door sill and swivel themselves sideways onto the seat. One option is to get a converted van, with a side- or rear-mounted ramp. Autoadapt, however, is now offering an alternative. The Swedish company’s Turny Evo system actually lifts the front driver or passenger seat out the door of the vehicle, turns it toward the user, and lowers it down. Once the user has seated themselves, the seat and passenger are then pulled back inside, and driving can commence. Read More
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Renault ZOE electric vehicle premieres in Geneva ahead of autumn European launch

By - March 8, 2012 32 Pictures
The Renault ZOE electric passenger vehicle premiered at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show represents quite a change from the concept first shown at 2009's Frankfurt Motor Show, although many of the features promised three years ago have made it into the final design. The French auto maker says that the first of its Z.E. range benefits from a battery range of up to 130 miles, a top speed of 83 miles per hour and a new onboard charger that is capable of juicing up the battery pack at any level. There are some really nice design touches and lots of spanking new technology, but the real winner for the ZOE is likely to be its attractive price point - although owners will also have to stump up a monthly hire charge for the battery. Read More

VW's new Polo BlueGT - 60 mpg and 140 bhp

Volkswagen's Polo BlueGT was shown at Geneva this week running a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine.The most interesting aspect of the motor, is that it is the first of the new EA211 series of engines which shut down two of the engine's four cylinder under light and medium loads (below 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs of less than 100 Nm). Does it work? You bet 140 bhp, a top speed of 210 km/h and using the seven-speed DSG tranny, 4.5 litres per 100 km (62.8 mpg) consumption and CO2 emissions of 105 g/km. Read More

Rolls-Royce unveils refined Series 2 Phantom at Geneva Show

The first Phantom of the modern era (i.e. owned by BMW) was launched in 2003, so a refresh might be thought overdue. Rolls-Royce does nothing in hurry, however - it would be unseemly - so after suitable thought and deliberation, the Geneva Motor Show finally sees the launch of the Series ll Phantoms. Subtle changes and enhancements have been applied to all four models in the range; the Saloon (sedan), The Extended Wheelbase limo, the two-door Coupe and the two-door Coupe Drophead convertible, though you would have to be pretty eagle-eyed to spot them. Read More
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New Volvo V40 is the first car to feature pedestrian airbags

Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Volvo V40 possesses some high-tech features, including the world's first pedestrian airbag system. The five-door, five-seater sibling to the Volvo C30 features (as standard) front bumper sensors that register the physical contact between the car and a pedestrian. When impact occurs, a section of the bonnet (closest to the windscreen) is released and elevated by the deployment of the airbag. The inflated airbag covers the area under the raised bonnet, around one-third of the windscreen as well as the lower section of the A-pillar. The system is designed to help to reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries. Read More
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Bentley EXP 9 F takes the SUV ultra-premium

By - March 6, 2012 22 Pictures
Whispers about a Bentley SUV - some of them coming directly from Bentley chief Wolfgang Duerheimer - have been floating around for ages. At this week's Geneva Motor Show, Bentley finally puts a face to the rumors. Its EXP 9 F may or may not lead to an eventual production SUV, but it gives the world a look at what a utilitarian Bentley could look like. Read More
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Most outrageous Lamborghini yet at Geneva Motor Show

By - March 6, 2012 23 Pictures
We know the designers at Lamborghini are a bit unhinged. It's always been a pre-requisite for working there. Since the takeover by Volkswagen, their mad creations at least work properly, and with the Aventador Lamborghini has been pushing the engineering envelope in material science and engine design. At this year's Geneva Motor Show, the automaker unveils its maddest "fighter-aircraft-for-the-road" variant yet, the Aventador J. Read More
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